The Dalitso Project has been working in partnership with Aquaid lifeline for 10 years. During this time we have sent 3 teams of young people all from Arbroath, 2 gap year students and now a smaller team visits once a year.
From the massive fundraising effort for our first trip in 2007 and we were able to build 2 day care and orphan residences in the Thyolo and Kambilonjo communities. As a charity we fund these centres that care for over 300 children and provide jobs for almost 30 staff.
Over the years we have painted numerous buildings, built play parks, decorated walls, set up a programme that provides for babies orphaned at birth, provided maize, built houses, sent containers of aid, developed education and are this year to open a health centre. Our fundraising has also paid for drilling a number of bore holes providing clean drinking water and improving agricultural yields through irrigation
We also run a sponsor child programme where people get the opportunity to send letters and presents twice a year and receive letters, photos and school reports from their child in return. These presents for many of the children will be the only gifts they receive all year.
The tagline for our charity is ‘working hand in hand to beat poverty’ because it is through the close relationships and communication that we have with our friends in Malawi that ensures that every penny gets to where it is most needed and ensures that hundreds of children’s lives are being transformed.